As the nights begin to draw in, days are chillier and the outdoor pursuits of the summer become slightly less attractive, why not use your time to take up that craft that you have always wanted to master or, rekindle a skill that you already have?
The possibilities are endless… from jewellery making and pottery to wood carving, cookery and candle making. And, as well as having fun and gaining a sense of achievement, the chances are you’ll have some very unique gifts to give away at Christmas too!
The Suffolk Coast has a generous sprinkling of craft workshops covering all variety of crafts including Moth Crafts in the pretty market town of Bungay.
Moth Crafts is a charming shop which is full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk. It’s a great place to find the perfect handcrafted gift, card or print, as well as enrolling on one of their regular craft workshops. This October the shop is running some beadwork Jewellery making sessions - you can keep up with the latest workshops available by checking out their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/mothcrafts.
For a fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery head over to Fiona’s Fabrics - based in Woodbridge. Owner, Fiona Turner was born and bred in Suffolk and has a passion for all things creative! Her beautiful shop is full of fabrics, colourful yarns, ribbons, buttons, threads - you name it - a great selection of craft supplies and a huge amount of experience and expertise in dress making, knitting, sewing, crochet - make this a must for anyone wanting to start off on their own sewing journey.
The shop hosts regular workshops for people of all abilities who want to learn to sew, knit, crochet, weave and dress make. Children can take part in a range of sewing activities to help them learn the basics and enjoy mastering the skills of needlecraft.
Another gem of a find is The Craft Shop at Snape Maltings where you’ll discover local arts and crafts including ceramics, carvings and candles as well as a range of British made gifts, many of which have a clear sense of place, celebrating the natural landscape of the Maltings.
And whilst you're there, take part in one of the many workshops run at The Tack Room on a range of subjects including children's art, furniture painting, shadow-puppet making, stained glass and how to make your own roman blind!
If it’s the crafting of food that’s more up your street, then try your hand at one of the cookery courses at Kenton Hall Estate…
Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast, The Food Hub Cookery School has cookery courses to inspire you.
Set on a working farm at Kenton Hall Estate, The Food Hub is home to a state of the art cookery school, butchery with a smokehouse and curing facilities and a commercial catering kitchen. Setting out to create a real ‘foodie’ hub in Mid-Suffolk.
They believe in supporting the local food and farming industries. Ingredients and produce used in the courses are sourced as locally and as seasonally as possible and you’ll be working with some of Suffolk's award-winning chefs.
Whatever your flair is, enjoy some leisure time dabbling in a new interest on The Suffolk Coast - we really are a very crafty lot!